A booming industry in hybrid cloud
Many companies were first launched in the public cloud by transferring simple processes such as email or storing data to external providers. These raids are often sufficient to encourage greater adoption of cloud computing, until many realize that they are now running their own cloud environment.
From there, it takes very little to migrate completely to a public cloud service or private. If your experience with the public cloud gave you the confidence to manage one. From this perspective, the hybrid cloud can be a long process of evolution of the industry in all possible directions and all possible rhythms.
With the efficiencies offered by mobile workers, many SME managers also incorporate electronics products and buy (or create) applications to work smarter … so many changes that are motivated by the public cloud, the notice of Greg Archbald.
“Thanks to the hybrid cloud approach, we can tailor a solution to customers even larger, while remaining flexible enough to offer smaller companies a satisfactory solution”, if he pleased.
This will also boost the service industry that helps users to realize all this, as Telstra finds in his research activities in the United States.
“We invest in the layer that integrates service management offerings in these cloud environments,” said Erez Yarkoni. “So if you need an application that resides in multiple environments to cloud computing, you can manage services from a top layer that Telstra provides.”
Proceed with caution
Yet even if the cloud was designed with, among others, data interoperability, managing a hybrid environment is sometimes comparable to having an office full of Macs and PCs or mobile workers equipped Android smartphones and iPhone. You can spend a lot of effort to a private cloud solution owner only to find how difficult it is to migrate.
At Leisure Interactive, David McKnight discovered that the biggest challenge was to transfer its core product (the reservation system) from private to public. Regarding the platform as a service, he advises to code from scratch and regret not having had that luxury itself.
“It took about 18 months between when we made the decision and when we finalized the project,” he says. “It took a lot of planning, editing architecture and coding. This was a massive project, much larger than we anticipated.”
Even then, adding features can cause a huge loss of time and productivity. MetaFuse Inc. is responsible for Project Insight, project management software based on the cloud. Its director Wes Kliewer technology finds that the missing features are the main problem of cloud computing.
For example, in Outlook Web App based on the Microsoft cloud, external partners can not attach electronic messages in Microsoft CRM product. The internal sales team Wes Kliewer can, but the partners need to copy and paste emails as independent recording. That does not seem very serious, but wear it on the scale of a business a Fortune 500 and with tens of thousands of employees and hundreds of thousands of suppliers and partners, and you will find that the number of hours -People lost increases incrementally.
“It is vital that you know what features may be different when you compare the software installed locally and cloud software,” warns Wes Kliewer.
However, Chris Poelker says most of the potential pitfalls can be avoided if you are careful enough. His advice is to think about all possible contingencies and nothing validate as your provider will not be hitched to it. According to him, the contract is the basis of everything.
Cloud computing using policies
Instead of trying to prevent employees buying cloud services, the BBC has set up a core group to regulate their use and inform employees about the adoption of these services.
The broadcaster defines and communicates the cloud computing use policies and also determines the workflows of compliance that guide employees in the questions they need to ask when making purchases, step by step. The group consists of representatives from a number of departments, including legal, policy information, security, architecture and delivery of IT, as well as a large number of users.
According to Paul Boyns, responsible for the architecture and the strategy for the BBC infrastructure , the approach is to accept the reality of how to use the IT staff in a modern enterprise.
“I’m not saying that these are the right people to buy cloud services, but it is a practice to which it is very difficult to stop. We must ask ourselves how mitigate the risk associated with this practice up that we have sufficiently satisfactory services for the staff feel less need to look elsewhere. “